JASDF may be in the market for more F-35s

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Unread post05 Apr 2021, 06:26

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Unread post05 Apr 2021, 08:13

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Unread post06 Apr 2021, 04:34

Nyutabaru Air Base To Host JASDF “Trump Card” F-35Bs

By Albert L in Air Force, Aviation, Daily News, Fighter, Japan, Multi-Role, News, USMC  April 5, 2021

Japanese media is reporting that the government of Japan has decided to base the F-35Bs ordered by the Japan Air Self-Defence Force at Nyutabaru Air Base, in Miyazaki Prefecture on Kyushu.

Yomiuri News reported on Sunday that F-35B operations at Nyutabaru are expected to begin in 2024, the first JASDF air base selected to host the short takeoff and vertical landing-capable fighter. Nyutabaru was selected due to its position in between several facilities key to JASDF F-35B operations. To its north in Hiroshima Prefecture is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Kure regional headquarters, the homeport of the JS Kaga, which the F-35Bs are to be integrated with following the helicopter carrier’s refit to support F-35B operations.

Also north of Nyutabaru in Yamaguchi Prefecture is Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, home to the Green Knights of VMFA-121, the sole forward deployed US Marine Corps F-35B squadron (and first USMC F-35B squadron), the squadron the JASDF F-35Bs will be training with. To its southeast is the island of Mageshima, which is being developed as an airfield for carrier aircraft field carrier landing practice (FCLP) for the US Navy.


An anonymous Ministry of Defense official characterized the F-35B to the newspaper as the JSDF’s “trump card” for defense of Japan’s outlying islands. According to the official, this is due to the F-35B’s STOVL capabilities facilitating flight operations off of private airfields in the absence of permanent JSDF facilities. It is worth noting that the United States Marine Corps is experimenting with similar forward basing as part of its Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept, with VMFA-121’s F-35Bs taking part in rehearsals of the concept on Ie Shima.


In the meantime, F-22 Raptors from the USAF’s 199th Fighter Squadron have been training with F-35As of the JASDF’s 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron. The F-22s have been forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s dynamic force employment concept, which also seeks to provide rapid and dispersible deployments to maximise “operational unpredictability”.

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/04/05 ... rd-f-35bs/
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Unread post08 Apr 2021, 08:21

More bad news for the F-15JSI upgrade.....Which, likely would mean they would be retired. While, ordering additional F-35's to replace them.


F-15 fighter refurbishment, complete review Cost swelling Japan-US talks difficult

Editorial committee member Takateru Doi
April 7, 2021 5:00

It has been revealed that the Ministry of Defense has decided to completely revise the current plan over the refurbishment of the Air Self-Defense Force's F15 fighter aircraft with cruise missiles for ground attack. It was planned to repair 20 aircraft by 2027, but discussions between Japan and the United States were difficult due to soaring initial costs prior to the repair. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi ordered a scrutiny of the renovation plan.

I learned from interviews with several people involved in the ministry. Although it had postponed the recording of related expenses in the FY2009 budget, it also canceled the renovation contract for 39 billion yen planned with the US government and Japanese manufacturers in the FY2008 budget.

 As China strengthens its expansion into the area around the Okinawa and Senkaku Islands and frequently deploys naval vessels that are said to be able to carry missiles with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers, the ministry will enhance the ability to carry long-range missiles and electronic warfare. Was positioned as a "pillar for strengthening the defense capabilities of the Nansei Islands." In the "unusual situation" (government officials) who cannot execute the budget for FY2008, which was passed by the Diet, there is an urgent need to consider how to replace these capabilities.

In December 2017, the ministry decided to install a cruise missile "JASSM-ER" (range: about 900 km) on the F15, assuming that a remote island was occupied by an enemy landing party. The number of repaired aircraft is specified as 20 in the medium-term defense capability development plan (medium-term defense, 5 years from FY19 to FY2011). It was expected that it would take about five years from budgeting to delivery, and the renovation was planned to be completed by FY2015.

The ministry budgeted a total of 80.2 billion yen (contract basis) in FY19-20 as the initial cost "initial cost" for the design cost and work facility maintenance required prior to the renovation. However, the US side requested further initial expenses, and added 21.3 billion yen to the FY2009 budget request. After that, the US side was informed of the policy of increasing the initial cost even after FY 2010, and pointed out that "the whole picture of the cost has not been grasped".

Regarding the renovation of F15, rice ...

http://alert5.com/2021/04/08/japan-susp ... more-88012

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP467G8LP42ULZU014.html

F-15JSI
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 12:06

Years ago, such as 2017, Japanese newspapers reported F-15J/DJ, before upgrade, had antique electronics.
For example, its central computer had 8 bit CPU, and memory measured in kilobytes.
About as capable as the Nintendo Famicom video game console, and had 5" floppy drive for interface.

https://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/14040790/

航空自衛隊のF-15Jに深刻な問題
電子機器の性能ファミコン級か

2017/12/17

o 頭脳となるセントラルコンピューターは8ビットCPUでメモリもキロバイト単位

o 性能的にはファミコンと同等で、5インチフロッピードライブも搭載している
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 12:23

Gamera wrote:Years ago, such as 2017, Japanese newspapers reported F-15J/DJ, before upgrade, had antique electronics.
For example, its central computer had 8 bit CPU, and memory measured in kilobytes.
About as capable as the Nintendo Famicom video game console, and had 5" floppy drive for interface.


It's really amazing how fast electronics have evolved and military equipment really highlight that as they use the same electronics for a long time. Nowadays jet fighters fly with computers that are far more powerful than the best supercomputers were when F-15s became operational. It's also amazing how much could be done with so little processing power and memory back then... Another thing is that if the current trend continues, fighter jets in 2070 will fly with petabytes of memory and exaflops of processing power... :shock:
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 16:54

Other articles on the F-35B. 8)
https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/ja ... a-1.668476
Japanese F-35 squadron could help defend Senkaku Islands claimed by China
By SETH ROBSON AND HANA KUSUMOTO | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 5, 2021
TOKYO — Japan may base F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters in the southern part of the country where they could defend remote islands that are claimed by China, according to local media.
The short-takeoff, vertical-landing aircraft could fly out of Nyutabaru Air Base in Miyazaki prefecture, Kyodo News reported Monday, citing anonymous government sources.
A Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed to Stars and Stripes, in a telephone interview the same day, that deploying the jets is under consideration but no decision has been made. Japanese government spokespeople typically ask not to be quoted by name.
Eventually, Japan plans to acquire 105 F35As — the conventional takeoff and landing version of the fighter — and 42 F-35Bs, which will operate from the helicopter carriers Izumo and Kaga, which are being upgraded to support them.
The deployed planes would be operational in 2024 and boost defense capabilities in the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan but also claimed by Taiwan and China, Kyodo reported.

The aircraft would conduct exercises alongside U.S. F-35Bs from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture, the report said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin affirmed that the U.S. military would respond to any attack on the Senkakus, during a January telephone conversation with his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.
Japanese F-35A stealth fighters are already deployed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori prefecture, northeastern Japan.
Kishi met with U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider and 35th Fighter Wing commander Col. Jesse Friedel at Misawa on Saturday, the wing said in a statement that day.
The group discussed ways to make their air forces unpredictable to potential adversaries and the importance of Misawa as the premier location for Japanese pilots training in the fifth-generation aircraft.
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 16:58

CooL. 8)
https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display ... s-iwakuni/
Hawaii F-22s complete DFE operations out of MCAS Iwakuni
By Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs / Published April 09, 2021
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) --
A contingent of Air National Guard and active-duty Airmen based out of Hawaii were deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan to conduct Dynamic Force Employment operations, March 12 – April 5.
Throughout their time in Japan, the Airmen deployed from the 199th Fighter Squadron and 19th FS at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, trained alongside their Marine and Koku-Jieitai, or Japan Air Self-Defense Force, counterparts in support of the National Defense Strategy’s effort in maintaining global peace and stability.
“This [deployment] allows our pilots and maintainers to train alongside one another, learn and apply best practices and ensure the joint force remains agile and responsive in the Pacific,” said Lt. Col. Brian Nash, F-22 Detachment commander, MCAS-Iwakuni. “This exercise demonstrates the Total Force’s ability to rapidly and unpredictably project combat power to a place and time of our choosing.”
DFE operations fall under the scope of Agile Combat Employment capabilities which allows Pacific Air Forces to continuously exercise ways to improve passive and active defense capabilities to ensure a competitive advantage and to protect assets and personnel in the future.

While conducting operations out of MCAS Iwakuni, Airmen got the chance to work hand-in-hand with their Marine counterparts, building their joint team capabilities.
“Having our fifth-generation counterparts here allowed us to share knowledge and practice tactics that will be relevant when we are called upon,” said a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B pilot. “The F-22 deployment to Iwakuni afforded resident squadrons valuable training opportunities and increased our ability to fight and win in this area of responsibility.”
Not only did the Airmen train and hone their Joint All Domain Command and Control skills, conducting combined exercises with their JASDF counterparts bolstered the interoperability of both militaries.
“Fighter units of our two countries have the capability to respond to any situation and to swiftly achieve their tactical goals,” said JASDF Lt. Col. Tamura Hidetoshi, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander. “Also, we are constantly enhancing these capabilities through bilateral training and we are determined to maintain the air power needed to ensure regional security. Having participated in this training, I am very convinced that Japan and the U.S. are absolutely unanimous in their intention and capabilities.”
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the 199th Fighter Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft from the 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during fifth-generation fighter training near Japan, April 1, 2021. The F-22 Raptors are currently operating out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s dynamic force employment concept. U.S. and Japanese forces train and operate together regularly, employing a full spectrum of joint and bilateral capabilities, to defend Japan and support a secure and stable Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 17:00

JASDF is promoting the F-35. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkCkSN2bKpw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sg49wQzttw (This is a video with commentary in Japanese Language. @4:05~)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z15QjUgo6DM (This video is a combination of the above two, + others.)
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 17:04

The JASDF say that the F-35 can be used as an AWACS. :shock: (!?) :doh:
https://jp.reuters.com/article/idJP0009 ... 1320201221 (Language is Japanese. Use Google Translate.)
Policy of the next US President Biden and Japan's response (former Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Mr. Iwasaki)
December 21, 2020

Fourth is the drastic review of the equipment system and the strengthening of the defense technology base. Japan is introducing the F-35A / B. These fighters possess functions and capabilities that go beyond the conventional concept of fighters. For example, these fighters also possess the ability to collect, analyze, and distribute information, eliminating the need for reconnaissance aircraft and allowing some to operate as AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control).

http://www.jaaga.jp/other/dayori53.pdf (Language is Japanese. Use Google Translate.)
Japan-US Air Force Friendship Association
No.53 ―――――― [News from JAAGA] ―――――― 25 Dec. 2017

(Page 7)
3 Luke Air Force Base (Luke AFB)
At Luke Air Force Base, he received a briefing at the 944th Fighter Wing, trained at his Academic Training Center, and exchanged opinions with the Air Self-Defense Force operators.
At the briefing, the wing said he had F-16: 242, F-35: 58, A-10: 38, and F-15: 196 fighter pilots in the 2017 education plan. There was an explanation to train.

In the exchange of opinions with the ASDF operators, four operators and one maintenance executive participated. Participants commented on the F-35 as follows.
○When operating the F-35, how to use the airspace will change. It is necessary to consider what kind of joint battle with F-15 and F-2.
To a certain extent, it is possible to perform the same mission as AWACS.
○Consideration for PVI (Pilot Vehicle Interface) is extremely excellent.

(Page 10)
Lieutenant General Harris said, "The situation in North Korea is a serious threat, and I am interested in improving Japan's BMD system. I would like to maintain the F-15 and F-16 while modernizing them for the time being. The future of the F-22 I'm not thinking about increasing production. The price is too high. You can buy three F-35s at the same price, so it's better if you spend the same amount of budget. I think the F-35 is a good fighter, although there are criticisms. Some people are concerned about single-engine engines, but one of them is very good. Scrambled more than 1,000 times by the Air Self is a surprising number. I guess the burden on the unit will be heavy. " There was a remark.

https://readnews.cc/military/japan-clai ... ceeds.html
Japan claims that the performance of F-35A exceeds expectations and the range exceeds F-15J
2021-01-31
As the new generation main model of the US military and many of its allies, the F-35 fighter project has been controversial since the day it was born; among the various accusations against it from the outside world, short legs are one of the very common sayings. Many people believe that Lockheed Martin has always refused to disclose the performance data of any model in the F-35 series, in order to cover up some of its unsightly content, and battery life is one of them.
Among Chinese netizens, when mentioning F-35, all kinds of ridicule voices are endless. Some people firmly believe that: J-20 can sling F-35, can crush F-35, can Press the F-35 on the ground and rub it. This also produced a ridiculous logical conclusion: because the J-20 can crush the F-35-so the carrier-based J-20 can crush the F-35 carrier-so the Chinese aircraft carrier can suppress the American aircraft carrier... …

But recently, different voices have been heard from Japan. On November 18, local time, Shigeru Iwasaki, the former integrated chief of staff of the Japanese Ministry of Defense (as opposed to the chief of staff), made a very positive evaluation of the F-35A's comprehensive capabilities at an international defense exhibition: F-35A is very good to Japan. Useful, especially in intelligence gathering. In an interview, Shigeru Iwasaki said that the performance of the F-35 has exceeded the Self-Defense Force’s previous expectations because this fighter has helped Japan acquire the ability to defend against ballistic missiles.
Shigeru Iwasaki also emphasized that the endurance of F-35A fighters exceeds that of F-15J fighters. This allows F-35A fighters to adapt to more types of combat missions than F-15J fighters. In the future, many AWACS ("AWACS" Control”) task can be completed by F-35 in the future. Shigeru Iwasaki did not give specific figures on the endurance of the F-35A, and Lockheed Martin did not release any specific data on the F-35 version. However, based on this conversation, the outside world believes that there are reasons to believe that the F-35A should have a longer flight time than the F-15J.

From the currently public data,It is widely speculated that the F-35A fighter has a combat radius of about 1100 kilometers; while the Japanese F-15J fighter has a maximum range of more than 4,600 kilometers and a combat radius of close to 2,000 kilometers, but this figure is that the F-15 fighter is carrying three auxiliary fuel tanks. , Together with the internal fuel volume of 16 tons of fuel, the endurance that Shigeru Iwasaki claims is more than that of the F-15J, which should be obtained under the same conditions, but even so, the endurance of the F-35 fighter may not be as good as the outside world. It is unbearable as guessed, and it can even be considered that the F-35 fighter jets stay empty for longer than the F-15J.
If this situation is true, I am afraid that it has also been confirmed from the side, why Japan has hurriedly decided to purchase more than 100 F-35 fighters when the cause of the crash of F-35A fighters has not been investigated. It has been decided that, after all, Japan’s missile defense capabilities can be enriched, which is extremely attractive to the Self-Defense Forces, and it does not rule out the continued purchase of F-35 series fighters in the future.
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 17:16

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] used as an AWACS.

Iranian F-14: Been there, done that.
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 22:02

Gamera wrote:(Off-Topic)

] used as an AWACS.

Iranian F-14: Been there, done that.


Which only proves that the F-35 can also do that role (and better so).
“Active stealth” is what the ignorant nay sayers call ECM and pretend like it’s new.
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Unread post14 Apr 2021, 01:55

Gamera wrote:(Off-Topic)

] used as an AWACS.

Iranian F-14: Been there, done that.


As a Tomcat fan I've heard this one a lot and it gets outsized play since an F-14 did it. :mrgreen:

An F-35 will do it much much better.
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Unread post14 Apr 2021, 04:00

I'd have to look it up to get all the nomenclature / details correct IIRC an airborne F-14 even on CAP station could send back battle info to another TOMCAT on alert on deck (to the CVN itself I don't know). News found in SRGPS info (JPALS).
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Unread post14 Apr 2021, 15:06

If the AWACS thing is true (and it almost certainly is),then what about the fear factor associated with it?

Reportedly, whole Iraqi formations turned tail when painted by the F-14's AWG-9. How much morese will that be true, when the enemy knows there are F-35's in the area? Or worse, will they even know?

Talk about un-nerving..
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